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Food Pairings for J. Bouchon Merlot Valle del Maule
Tonight I am enjoying a bottle of 2006 J. Bouchon Merlot from Chile. Now the merits of Merlot aside, you have to admit that in the last few years Chile has been producing some remarkably wonderful, yet inexpensive wines for us to enjoy, and I think this is one of them. This wine has a deep ruby color, with a nose of licorice, spice and ripe berries, with just the faintest hint of cedar. As for the taste, this is a dry but remarkable fruit forward wine, with the taste of ripe plum, cassis and cherry, with just a hint of tobacco near the finish, which is remarkable smooth and supple, and very dry (it is a Merlot after all!). This is a really easy drinking wine that really opens up after a few minutes in the glass. Tonight I am enjoying it with a chicken breast, wild rice and some awesome fresh Brussells sprouts right from the stalk that my friend Amanda picked up for me at Trader Joe's and we love Trader Joe's. Overall, I would rate this wine a very pleasant 3.5, nothing earth shaking, but a very nice everyday table wine at a value price. This was a WTSO Cheapskate Wednesday selection that I picked up a couple weeks ago for only $8 delivered! Can you believe it?
Really good one, I love it ;)
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